Tuesday, my legs were feeling tired and sore. Another one of my coworkers who likes to run occasionally was interested in doing a shorter run with me at a relaxed pace. We headed over to Rome Point. The parking lot was packed. Not a good sign. But, we stuck to the lesser known single track trails and only ran into a few people and some older friendly dogs. We ran the rocky beach for a stretch and didn't realize what sort of wind we were heading into. This made things a bit uncomfortable and my legs felt really tired. Once we hit the trails and found ourselves on a downhill section, my energy returned. We ran for 42 minutes - about 5.5 miles.
Perhaps the highlight of my week though, is the amount of time I got to spend outside after work with my family. This is how I envisioned life 5 years ago, before my first child was born. I pictured coming home and seeing everyone outside, then hiking, playing, riding bikes, etc. together. It has taken a few years, but the time has come! My son, now 4 1/2, and daughter 2 1/2, are really enjoying their time oustide. We have scoured our 3 acre wood for emerging lady slippers (probably have found about 20). We have found new places to climb rock outcroppings. They have become interested in finding and observing bugs. We also have been visiting a nearby pond. Monday night, we brought a bottle and collected some tadpoles. We'll let them grow for a while and then return them. Here's a couple of pics:
Both nights, we haven't gone inside until 7:30, and by then, the kids (and parents) are ready for bed. My plan is to do a short run and/or play basketball today in anticipation of my trail run tomorrow with BoJo (who is in town for the week). So far, so good!